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Zoe - Maine Beer Company

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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 522
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.81%
Wants: 289
Gots: 268 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Maine Beer Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-03-2009

Our take on an American amber ale. Complex malt bill delivers notes of dark raisin, chocolate and biscuit. Copious additions of American hops yield notes of pine and citrus.
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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from baconsausage in the Small Aquatic Mammal BIF. Really excited to have the chance to review this one!

A-Pours a murky amber with a creamy off white head and some nice sticky lacing.

S-Deep roasted malt with floral and earthy hops. A very nice biscuit character as well.

T-Very nice earthy character in the front with some good caramel malt. Hops are nicely present while still taking a back seat to the malt. Very nicely balanced, really flavorful.

M-Medium bodied, a bit dry.

D-Excellent. Very nice depth of flavors and great complexity for the style. I like it!

HV

Photo of Kendo
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/4/12. Consumed on 12/27/12.

A: Poured into a Sam Smith's Imperial pint glass. First impression is the active carbonation. Body is murky chestnut/amber with some mahogany edges when backlit. A two-finger beige head settles on top, retaining well to leave behind thick rings of lace.

S: Good nose for a big, hoppy amber: caramel malt and chocolate malt are followed by a piney hoppy bitterness.

T: Caramel and bready malt followed by piney, citrusy hop bitterness. Lingering taste of pine needles leaves a nice bitter taste offsetting the malt up front.

M: Heft is lighter than expected - about medium, maybe a tad bit lighter. Carbonation is active and fizzy.

O: Very good. Not as good as Lunch (the other Maine Beer I've had), but certainly solid stuff.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Jayli
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Novare Res on 4/30 - 16.9 oz bottle
Had tried this at a tasting a few weeks prior, and am so glad I was able to get my hands on a bottle!

A: This beer pours a deep dark copper, amber color with a two finger of offwhite/khaki colored head. Head recedes at a slow pace and leaves big clumps of sticky lacing behind.

S: Nose is of big floral hops, with a generous pine and grassy background.

T: Taste starts with mildly sweet caramel malts mingled with some grassy notes. Piney hops really fills out the middle. Finish has a harsher pine bite before the floral hops take over the finish.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean with just a touch of oiliness before a dry finish.

D: Goes down very easy, very tasty, great kick, great representation of style. If I had better access to this beer, I would drink it every day!

Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

16.9 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a small puffy layer. It is an amber color with great clarity when held up to the light and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Pine hops, chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, nutty, and toasted malts.

Taste: Same as above. Nice blend of ingredients with mild tingly bitterness in the rear. Hop flavor lasts all the way through the sip.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and mild bitterness.

Overall: Mmmm, I have forgotten how good this beer tasted. Need to make sure I have it more often.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of papat444
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to grab this since it shares the same name as my second daughter. Fittingly, sampled this with Zoe asleep in my arms :)

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz., bottled 072912 (exactly 1 month from when i drank it).

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky amber body, the color of buckwheat honey. Huge ultra creamy head that won't let up but isn't cumbersome. Looks whipped, foam makes valleys and chunks of lacing grip on the side.

Smell: Hoppy, fresh citrus, fleshy fruit, mix of cedar and pine, images of fresh mountain air (like my recent visit to NH) and spices tingle the nose.

Taste: Mild spicing, deep , rich, sweet hops, candied sugar mixed with brown mixed with caramel and pine needles. Remarkable balance in flavors as none overshadows the other.

Mouthfeel: Light a bit at 1st sip but gets fuller quickly. The bitterness is a slow burn.

Overall: An awesome balanced top notch brew. Along with Heady, my favorite NE brew, and i'm not just saying that because it shares a name with my daughter :)

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of CHickman
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque chestnut brown color with some light coming through around the edges and a huge 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of tight bubbles, that faded extremely slowly, going down and looking like Styrofoam leaving good foamy lacing sticking to the glass; this looks like a black IPA with a nice tan layer on top like you’d see on a Guinness. Misses the mark on color in the Amber/Red Ale classification, but impressive in every other way.

Wow, what a nose; I could smell the hops 6 inches away from the glass. Smells of big juicy citrus hops initially, with piney hops, caramel and grains following. The first wave of hops had tangerine and grapefruit, light floral hops, and then wheat bread, syrup, biscuit and brown sugar; not a ton of smells, but what is present is very pronounced and enjoyable.

Tastes like coffee, grapefruit, roasted grains, syrup, caramel and a burst of citrus hops up front. Then there is a mix pine cone/piney hops, sweet malt, herbs or hop leafs, peat moss, cocoa powder, mild toffee, floral hops, and very mild spices like pepper and cinnamon; the grains and chocolate malt show up more after each sip, leading to the hop bitterness that trails off with roasted notes. Nice balance and complex flavors overall, getting better as it warms up. I really liked the way the hops and malts worked in harmony in this brew.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation, a medium chewy body that was almost thick but still slides down easy, leaving a semi-dry bitter roasted finish that’s part hops and part roasted grains or chocolate mousse. The alcohol shows through after each swallow, but it’s a minor heat and not a distraction.

Maine Beer Co. keeps putting out hits, and while this beer may not look red or amber, it’s still damn tasty and full of flavor. Another beer I recommend trying from a great brewery. It’s not cheap, but it’s damn good.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 16.9 oz. bottle courtesy of AshleyMiller - thanks! Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a ruby cocoa, a very dark amber by any account, opaque more than a slight distance beneath the surface, with point-like bubbles quickly racing upwards towards the head. The head itself was initially a finger and change tall, a mountain of mammoth fawn foam with pretty good retention. It maintains a fat three-dimensional collar continuously throughout the experience, replenished by the steady stream of effervescence below, and - as the level of the beverage drops - leaves some amazing and impressive lace alongside the sides of the tulip, with the non-sip side stays sheetlike, solid, and the sip-side showcases sloppy streaks.

Aroma: Easily this beer's best quality, and one of the best hop profiles I've experienced in a while. Plush and smooth, it's still intense and very aromatic, with the heavier roasted notes and sweetness in the malt backbone amplifying nicely some of the hop note suggestions. Those malt backbone notes are nice, too - toffee, faint cocoa, and brown sugar all mingle nicely with the hop profile. Speaking of, the hops are delightful - fat with eastern white pine (the tree of Maine), bubblegum-esque tropical fruits, and gorgeous white grapefruit and sweet citrus. The hops are incredibly smooth and sweet, I wonder if they've been treated in some way.

Taste: A definite step down from the aroma, with a tad bit of astringency plus some of those hollow, vapid roasted malty notes that I always get out of hopped-up ambers. The balance is nice, though - toasted, slightly nutty caramel and toffee notes, mangled bread and dry, minerally cracker-like notes. Bitterness is moderate here, perhaps more mild, really, the intensity amplified by the pineyness of the hop profile and the relative dryness of the malt profile, though it does it jobs balancing nicely what sweetness is here. The hop flavor notes are robust, though likewise a little less robust than they were in the aroma. Orange, grapefruit, and lemon citrus mingle with sprucey spiciness dance with a nice dank, leafy, sappy note - we'll call it east coast with a lemon twist.

Mouthfeel: Bright, a little erratic, with plenty of lift, though it smooths out as this one sits for a while, characteristic of those small microbrewery beers that may be slightly overcarbonated in the bottle but definitely calm down after a little time in the open air. It leaves a bit of a slick feel from all the hop oils and a lingering, piney tingle on the tongue - nice.

Drinkability: A very solid beer, with a lot of flavor and aroma packed in to a very well made pacakage. At 7.2%, it's a little higher on the abv scale for a beer of this style. My first beer from Maine beer company, and one I was thrilled to have tried - reminds me a lot of Celebration, but darker, this one would be a great winter sipper and one I hope to try again.

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. 9/1/11 bottle date. Poured into Deschutes snifter.

A: DEEP amber almost reddish color. One finger off white tannish head. Goes down quick. Nice lacing and some alcohol feet.

S: One of the freshest beer smells I have ever had. It smells a lot like hop pellets during home brewing. Their are some sweet malts behind but you definitely get the hops first and foremost.

T: Good hop bite in the front of the tongue. Not as much as from the nose. Good balance in the middle: sweet malts matching the hop bitterness. Nice bitter crisp bite.

M: Medium.

O: A. Great beer again.

Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into HF glass.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown, mostly opaque but slightly translucent, about a finger of white creamy beige slightly brownish head that recedes slowly and leaves lacing along the sides of the glass. A lot darker with a creamier head then I was expecting, looks quite delicious but not quite like your typical red ale.

S- The first thing that strikes you is all of the hops, when they say hoppy amber ale they definitely mean it. Plenty of lightly citrusy and very piney hops balanced with caramel malts. Definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Citrus hops, caramel and pale malts, finishes very piney almost sappy that leaves a citrus hoppy aftertaste of lemons, oranges, etc.. Everything was well balanced and definitely pleasant to drink.

M- Medium bodied, very easy to drink, nice amount of carbonation, abv very well hidden, smooth.

O- This beer was a fantastic amber ale that definitely surprised me. It was my first beer from Maine Beer Co.. I knew there was some hype and I wasn't sure what to expect, but this beer definitely surprised me in every way. It was darker then I was expecting, more hops then I was expecting, very smooth, and I really enjoyed it even though I'm not a huge fan of amber ales. Very well done, a little bit pricey but I will definitely be getting more Maine beers in the future.

Photo of Sludgeman
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 for 25oz. Poured into a chalice. Bottled on 6/4/13. Approximately 1.5 months old when this review was written.

A great amber. An above average IPA.

A – Pours a dark amber, almost brown in color, clear, huge 3-finger rocky light tan head. Excellent lacing.

S – Sweet grapefruit, with some spiciness.

T – A malty backbone is evident but not so excessive that it hides the hoppiness of this beer. A slight sweetness. Resinous, somewhat herbal bitterness kicks in halfway through the taste. Some faint dark fruit/raisin. I could detect no chocolate as the brewer suggests.

MF – Well carbonated, medium bodied. Starts smooth and finishes dry with a lasting bitterness.

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Zoe from Maine Beer Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.